Swimming & Diving teams receive Scholar All-American awards

    SIU coach Rick Walker

    SIU coach Rick Walker

    July 10, 2014

    The Southern Illinois University men's and women's swimming & diving teams each received the Team Scholar All-American award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), announced on Thursday.

    SIU's women's team ranked 10th in the nation in grade point average (3.58), while the men were 14th nationally (3.31).

    The Team Scholar All-American Award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams that have achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

    Diver Sherry Zhang, who became the first women's diver at SIU since 1985 to earn All-America status when she took third place in the three-meter dive at the NCAA Championships, was named to the Scholar All-America team by the CSCAA.

    Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.